The Ballot Box: How do we pay for it going forward? Wellness and healthcare for all New Zealanders
I invite you to join me for the fourth event in this year’s Ballot Box panel series that aims to deepen our understanding of some major issues facing New Zealand as we approach another general election.
The health system’s funding comes mainly from Vote Health, totalling close to $15 billion in 2013/14. With the “greying” of New Zealand’s population, a greater proportion of this may well be spent on this demographic due to increasing longevity thanks to advances in medical technology. However, more New Zealanders are keeping themselves active and healthy and working. So, just how bad will it be as a late baby-boomer in 2031 when more than a million people will be aged over 65? Will we face greater inequality in access to healthcare due to age? Will families be looking after their elderly as well as their children?
Join Adam Jaffe, Director of Motu and the 2014 Sir Douglas Myers Visiting Professor, as he moderates a panel discussion with Dr Lester Levy (Director of the New Zealand Leadership Institute and Chairman of Auckland DHB and Waitemata DHB), Professor Paul Rouse (University of Auckland Business School), and Associate Professor Susan St John (Co-Director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre).